Five dead in Carolinas as Florence brings ´epic´ floods
Five dead in Carolinas as Florence brings ´epic´ floods
The first victims of the hurricane “Florence” in the US have a mother and a child
17 September, 2018, 10:04
Later downgraded to a tropical storm, slow-moving Florence arrived over North and SC just after 7am local time on Friday, bringing torrential rain and severe floods.
Four deaths were confirmed by officials as United States media reported another.
Florence has been downgraded to a tropical storm by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) but authorities warned the danger was far from over, predicting that "life-threatening storm surges and strong winds" would persist through the night.
The southeastern coast of North Carolina and far northeastern portion of SC were expected to experience 20 to 25 inches of rain, but isolated areas could be hit with 30 to 40 inches, according to a National Hurricane Center advisory issued at 8 a.m. Friday.
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In some areas of southeastern North Carolina officials had measured rainfall totals exceeding 16 inches (41 centimeters), warning that some areas could see totals up to 40 inches.
The mother and baby were among a family of three who were in a house in Wilmington, North Carolina, when it was struck by a falling tree. He apparently was blown down after he went outside to check on his hunting dogs, local media said.
"It's an uninvited brute who doesn't want to leave", said North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper.
As 400-mile-wide (645-kilometer-wide) Florence pounded away at the coast with torrential downpours and surging seas, rescue crews used boats to reach more than 360 people besieged by rising waters in New Bern, North Carolina, while many of their neighbors awaited help.
The White House said President Donald Trump was to visit hurricane-hit areas next week "once it is determined his travel will not disrupt any rescue or recovery efforts".
"Great job FEMA, First Responders and Law Enforcement - not easy, very unsafe, tremendous talent".
"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the city tweeted around 2 a.m. Friday.
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In New Bern, population 29,000, flooding on the Neuse River left 500 people in peril. More than 100 people died as a result of both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.
Annazette Riley-Cromartie said she and her family thought they'd be safe in their brick house in eastern North Carolina.
A hotter atmosphere can also hold more water, so this should allow hurricanes to dump more water on affected areas.
A fallen tree lies atop the crushed roof of a fast food restaurant after the arrival of Hurricane Florence in Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S., September 14, 2018.
With rivers swelling toward record levels, thousands of people were ordered to evacuate for fear the next few days could bring the most destructive round of flooding in North Carolina history.
"This is not the end of it", said Jeff Byard, associate administrator for response and recovery at FEMA. In the Atlantic Ocean, the Azores could get gusty winds and heavy rains from Tropical Storm Helene this weekend, while Isaac regained tropical storm strength after earlier weakening in the Caribbean Sea.
Inland South Carolina likely has serious flooding to come, with waters already rising in communities such as Conway near Myrtle Beach - and some rivers may not crest for another three days.
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Soybeans have just begun harvesting in the very far eastern part of North Carolina but have not begun anywhere else in the state". Wilmington is expected to get battered before the storm drifts south. "A storm can come and wipe your house out overnight".
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